Junior Cup team chase All-Ireland title

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Junior Cup team with sponsor Eoin Doohan of Doohan Financial Planning

This is the biggest week on the Irish inter-club golf scene with the AIG Ireland Cups and Shields All-Ireland Finals taking place at Carton House and Dundalk Golf Club will head to the Co Kildare venue on Wednesday in search a first ever win in the Junior Cup and only the second national title in the 110 year history of the club.

Under the guidance of team manager Clem Walshe and selector Terry Conlon, this year’s Junior Cup squad have exceeded all expectations and captured the Leinster title for the first time in 21 years last July when they beat Clontarf in a thrilling final at Portarlington.

They will face Connacht champions Westport in Wednesday’s All-Ireland semi-final with the winners advancing to meet either Greenisland or Douglas in Thursday’s final.

The road to Carton House began earnest last June for the Dundalk squad when they won their North East qualifying tournament at Balbriggan on one of the worst weekend’s weather wise of the summer.

After heading the strokeplay qualifying round with an overall score of 342, to lead home Laytown & Bettystown, Ardee and Headfort, Dundalk then beat Headfort 4-1 in the semi-finals before seeing off Ardee 3-2 to advance to the Leinster Finals in July at Portarlington.

They faced Hermitage in the quarter-finals and won by 3.5 to 1.5 with Ciaran Sheridan winning his match 3&2, Richard Newell taking his 4&2 and Josh Mackin edging his by one hole.

That earned the team a semi-final joust with Woodbrook and, after Eoin Murphy had won 3&2 and Richard Newell had won 4&2, the pressure was on anchor man Aaron King with the match tied at 2-2. King held a one hole lead standing on the 18th tee and he kept his nerve to win the final hole for a two up victory and earn Dundalk a 3-2 win.

In the final Dundalk faced Clontarf and, after a 3&1 win for Ciaran Sheridan and a 4&3 victory for Eoin Murphy was balanced by defeats for Josh Macken and Aaron King it all came down to the final match out on the course where Richard Newell was looking for his third win of the weekend,

All square after 18, Newell and his Dublin opponent headed down the 19th where Newell closed out the match after a superb approach shot to six feet. For Walshe, and his squad, it was the highlight of the year, so far.

“There have been a number of memorable moments to date,” said Walshe. “It was a very tough windy day when the regional stroke play qualifiers took place in Balbriggan Golf Club and we did well to knuckle down and top our section. The Leinster finals were all very tight and we had some great battles against some excellent teams but the stand out game has to be winning the Leinster pennant in the final against Clontarf at the 19th hole in Portarlington Golf Club.”

Since that victory in July the Dundalk squad have been busy preparing for the All-Ireland Final and according to Walshe they are ready for what lies ahead over the next few days.

“I’m a great believer in ‘You’ll only get out of it what you put in’. If that stands to be true then I’m confident we’ll do well. The key is to prepare as best we can, enjoy the occasion and be proud of having the opportunity to represent our club and province against the best teams from all over the country in the 2015 All Ireland Finals,” said Walshe

“We’ve had a fairly wide and varied range of sessions over the last few months ranging from official panel meetings to playing golf to practices on the range, pitching and putting areas as well as some light hearted social get-togethers giving the lads a well-earned opportunity to give the management a hard time!”

Walshe and Conlon have already selected Aaron King, Ricky Newell, Josh Macken, Eoin Murphy, Ciaran Sheridan to tee it up on Wednesday but Walshe says that no matter which of the ten players they selected they would have full confidence in their ability to get the job done.

“Apart from their golfing ability I believe they have great strength of character and a passionate desire to win. They’ve bonded really well and support each other whether playing, caddying or subbing in matches. We’ve a big mix of characters from teenagers who are still at school or college to school teachers, accountants and builders but all with one thing in common, the belief and desire to make our members proud and represent Dundalk Golf Club to the very best of their ability every time they tee it up.”

It’s 11 years since Dundalk won its first and to date only GUI All-Ireland pennant when the Jimmy Bruen Shield team took the national title on a not to be forgotten day at Shannon Golf Club. It’s also 11 years since a Leinster club won the All-Ireland Junior Cup so there

Opportunities to win national titles don’t come along too often and fingers are crossed out in Blackrock that the Junior Cup team can follow suit this week.

 

 

PGA Tankard and Captain’s Charity Day

Peter Rogers (Gross winner), Fergus O'Callaghan (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Jim Rowland (Third).

Peter Rogers (Gross winner), Fergus O’Callaghan (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Jim Rowland (Third).

Fergus O’Callaghan (14) won the PGA Tankard on Sunday and now qualifies to represent the club in a PGA Tournament at Royal Tara next Monday, September 7.

O’Callaghan shot an impressive 44pts to win by one from Aidan Gaughran(16) whose 26pts on the back nine was enough to edge Jim Rowland (12) into third on countback.

 Peter Rogers (2) won the Gross Prize with a super round of 40pts while the category winners were Clem Walsh (5), Tommy Renaghan (14) and Patsy Arrowsmith (17). Aidan Curtain took the juvenile prize.

Sunday’s event also doubled as Brendan Keane’s Captain’s Charity event with all proceeds raised going toward SOSAD (Save our Sons and Daughters), the suicide awareness charity. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed on the day and also to Gerry Byrne of The Copper Kettle who sponsored the event.

Clem Walshe (First Category 1), Tommy Renaghan (First Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane and Patsy Arrowsmith (First Category 3)

Clem Walshe (First Category 1), Tommy Renaghan (First Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane and Patsy Arrowsmith (First Category 3)

Charity Group 3

Siobhan Duffy (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gret Manning (Runner-Up).

Captain’s prize prizegiving

Captain's prize winners Paul O'Callghan and 2015 Captain Brendan Keane.

Captain’s prize winners Paul O’Callghan and 2015 Captain Brendan Keane.

Nora Byrne (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gillian McDonnell (Overall Winner).

Nora Byrne (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gillian McDonnell (Overall Winner).

Saturday Winner - Captains Prize 2015, Clem Walshe (Overall winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gareth Duffy ( Category 1 winner).

Saturday Winner – Captains Prize 2015, Clem Walshe (Overall winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gareth Duffy ( Category 1 winner).

Donal Sheridan (Category 1 - Third), Paul Cheshire( Overall winner Saturday), Captain Brendan Keane, Shane Hession (Category 1) and Conor Curran (Junior winner).

Donal Sheridan (Category 1 – Third), Paul Cheshire( Overall winner Saturday), Captain Brendan Keane, Shane Hession (Category 1) and Conor Curran (Junior winner).

Richard Copas (Category 2), Michael O'Keeffe (Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane, Denis Ryan (Category 3) and Barry Grennan (Overall winner Sunday qualifier).

Richard Copas (Category 2), Michael O’Keeffe (Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane, Denis Ryan (Category 3) and Barry Grennan (Overall winner Sunday qualifier).

Harry O'Hanrahan (Category 3 Winner), Captain Brendan Keane,Jimmy Connolly (Category 3 - Third) and Dessie Corbett (Category 3 - Second).

Harry O’Hanrahan (Category 3 Winner), Captain Brendan Keane,Jimmy Connolly (Category 3 – Third) and Dessie Corbett (Category 3 – Second).

Rory Staunton (Juvenile Winner), Conall Murdock (Junior Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Joseph Laverty (Juvenile Winner).

Rory Staunton (Juvenile Winner), Conall Murdock (Junior Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Joseph Laverty (Juvenile Winner).

Eddie Rogers (Category 1 - 1st), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd) and Peter Rogers (Gross).

Eddie Rogers (Category 1 – 1st), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd) and Peter Rogers (Gross).

L>R: Ultan Herr (4th), Pat Curran (Veteran Winner), Paul O'Callaghan (Overall Winner Captains Prize 2015), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd), Ciaran Sheridan (3rd) and Peter Rogers Winner of Gross Prize).

L>R: Ultan Herr (4th), Pat Curran (Veteran Winner), Paul O’Callaghan (Overall Winner Captains Prize 2015), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd), Ciaran Sheridan (3rd) and Peter Rogers Winner of Gross Prize).

Paul wins Captain’s Prize

WinnerBrendan Keane’s Captain Prize produced plenty of drama on Sunday as 13 handicapper Paul O’Callaghan turned a four shot deficit into a four shot winning margin to ease to a comfortable victory in the biggest major of the year.
 First Round leader Ciaran Sheridan (5), who was part of last weekend’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team, was unable to reproduce his excellent form of recent weeks and he returned a five over par 77 for a final four under par total of 140 which left the door open for the chasing pack.
 Veteran George Rogers (19) initially held the clubhouse lead on 139 after adding a 70 to his opening round of 69. His round included six gross pars, including three consecutive pars from the fourth to the sixth holes that put him firmly in contention for the top prize. But dropped shots at the third, seventh, 14th, 15th and 18th left him on two under for his round and five under for the competition.
 Although playing in the final group, O’Callaghan started the day four shots behind first round leader Ciaran Sheridan (5) but he was in prime position to take advantage of Sheridan’s slips and did so with an impressive round of golf. An opening nine of 41 gross included pars at the second, fourth, fifth and sixth and a double bogey seven at the par-five seventh and got him to within two shots of the lead. He then surged past Sheridan on the back nine as he rattled in pars at 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th without any  double bogeys and finished with a gross score of 81 and a nett total of 68 for a two round total of 135, nine under par and four better than Rogers.
 Sheridan hung on to take third place on 140 with Ultan Herr (15) a shot further back after a second round 69 and Paul Morrison in fifth.
 Peter Rogers (1) took the gross prize on 148 after two successive rounds of 74 while Pat Curran (13) took the Veterans Prize on 142 after rounds of 73 and 69.
 First home in each three categories were Eddie Rogers (2), Barry Cunningham (12) and Harry O’Hanrahan (25).
 

Captain’s Prize Weekend

DLK mens captainI would like to wish all members the best of luck on Saturday and Sunday in my Captains Weekend competitions.
The prize giving presentation will commence at 21:00 on Sunday. All winners are requested to be in attendance.
The  Charity event originally scheduled for Monday 3rd of August  will now be played on Sunday 30th  August.
Monday 3rd of August will be casual golf only.
Best wishes,
Captain Brendan.

Dundalk wins Leinster Junior Cup

Leinster Junior Cup Champions 2015, Back Row . L>R: Josh Mackin, Maurice Soraghan, John Conlon, Richard Newell, Billy Kearnes, Conor McCaughey, Alan Hurley, Kieran Sheridan, Eoin Murphy, Aaron King, Fergal Harte and Clem Walsh (Team Captain). Front row L>R: Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Terry Conlon (Team Captain),Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke.

Leinster Junior Cup Champions 2015, Back Row . L>R: Josh Mackin, Maurice Soraghan, John Conlon, Richard Newell, Billy Kearnes, Conor McCaughey, Alan Hurley, Kieran Sheridan, Eoin Murphy, Aaron King, Fergal Harte and Clem Walsh (Team Captain).
Front row L>R: Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Terry Conlon (Team Captain),Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke.

Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke with the Leinster Junior Cup Pendant.

Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke with the Leinster Junior Cup Pendant.

Dundalk Golf Club won the Leinster Junior Cup for the first time in 21 years on Sunday after a dramatic weekend of action at Portarlington Golf Club.

After two days ofd action and three matches, everything came down to the final match on the course where Richard Newell won on the 19th hole to give Dundalk a 3-2 victory over Clontarf and the Leinster title.

The team, which was managed by Terry Conlon and Clem Walsh, arrived at the Co Laois venue as one of eight teams vying for the coveted Leinster pennant,

They faced Hermitage on Saturday morning in the quarter-finals and won by 3.5 to 1.5 with Ciaran Sheridan winning his match 3&2, Richard Newell taking his 4&2 and Josh Mackin edging his by one hole.

That earned the team a semi-final joust with Woodbrook and after Eoin Murphy had won 3&2 and Richard Newell had won 4&2 the pressure was on anchor man Aaron King with the match tied at 2-2. King held a one hole lead standing on the 18th tee and he kept his nerve to win the final hole for a two up victory and earn Dundalk a 3-2 win and a place in the final.

A 3&1 win for Ciaran Sheridan and 4&3 victory for Eoin Murphy was balanced by defeats for Josh Macken, who lost 3&2, and Aaron King, who was beaten 7&6.

That left the sides level at 2-2 and meant the destination of the title came down to the final match out of the course where Richard Newell was looking for his third win of the weekend,

All square after 18, Newell and his Dublin opponent headed down the 19th with the Clontarf player in the centre of the fairway after his drive while Newell was further on but in the first cut of rough on the left.

The Clontarf player put his approach shot over the back of the green while Newell hit a superb shot to within six feet. When his opponent sent his difficult downhill chip off the green and then failed to hole his return shot, Newell was left with two putts for victory and he duly obliged to send the large Dundalk following home happy.

Sponorship for Junior Cup Team

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Dundalk Junior Cup team who will play in the upcoming Leinster Final were recently presented with new team tops by club member, Eoin Doohan of Doohan Finanical Planning.

Captain Brendan and Lady Captain Mary Lou would like to express the team’s gratitude to Eoin and Doohan Financial Planning for their generous sponsorship and wish the team the best of luck in the final.

The club are organising a bus for supporters to travel to the final and more details are available in the Pro shop or bar.

Pictured with Captain Brendan is Eoin Doohan, Doohan Financial Planning, the Junior Cup team and selectors Terry Conlon and Clem Walshe.

 

LowFuelcard.ie to sponsor Irish PGA Championship at Dundalk GC

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Dundalk GC Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Owens (left) with Michael McCumiskey, Secretary PGA in Ireland and Joe Barrett, Chief Operations Officer for Applegreen plc.

The PGA in Ireland has announced LowFuelCard.ie as the sponsor for the Irish PGA Championship and the LowFuelcard.ie Irish PGA Championship will be held at Dundalk Golf Club from October 1-4.

The LowFuelcard is the latest customer offering from major petrol forecourt retailer, Applegreen plc. It is aimed at businesses with three or more vehicles and is a convenient and safe way for you and your business to pay for fuel. It is the most competitive fuel card on the market with no card fees or hidden charges.

Joe Barrett, Chief Operations Officer for Applegreen plc said: “Our LowFuelcard has the convenience of online registration, itemised billing and online account management. Customers can also collect Applegreen Reward points when using the LowFuelcard – plus most of our forecourts are open 24 hours.”

Applegreen plc is a major petrol forecourt retailer in the Republic of Ireland with a significant and growing presence in the UK. From an operational base of 64 sites at the end of 2009, the Group has grown to 152 sites as of late December 2014, across the Republic of Ireland (96 sites), United Kingdom (54 sites) and in Long Island, United States (4 sites). Applegreen is the number one motorway service area operator by number of sites in the Republic of Ireland.

Mr. Barrett added: “We are delighted to be involved with this national event which engages with businesses in the locality. Applegreen have recently opened a motorway services area (MSA) at Templepatrick on the M2 outside Belfast and are currently building another MSA on the M1 south bound just outside Lisburn. Applegreen already has a significant business presence on the M1 at Castlebellingham, Lusk, Balbriggan and Gormanston.”

Dundalk GC is set on an elevated site above the seaside village of Blackrock, Co Louth, Dundalk Golf Club offers stunning views across Dundalk Bay to the, legendary and imposing, Cooley and Mourne mountains.

The 18 hole, par 72 championship parkland course, which was redesigned by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in 1980, offers golfers of all abilities a true test, measuring 6,826 yards from the tips. The renowned facility features an extensive practice ground that includes a driving range, pitching, chipping and bunker areas and a putting green.

Dundalk has hosted the Irish PGA Championship on two previous occasions. In 1953, Harry Bradshaw collected his eighth Irish title with a four round total of 272 and in 1969, Jimmy Martin collected the famous trophy with a score of 269.

There has been extensive improvement work carried out on the course at Dundalk over the last 18 months. A number of new bunkers have been added but the main focus has been on redesigning and improving the drainage of the existing green side traps. A tree-thinning process has also been in operation, with the 15th and sixth greens opened up to the elements.

“This new sponsorship agreement is an important development for this historic championship,” said PGA in Ireland Secretary, Michael McCumiskey.

“The PGA in Ireland looks forward to building a strong partnership with Applegreen over the coming years.”

Last year’s Irish PGA Championship, hosted by Adare Manor GC, was won by Niall Kearney, who birdied the 18th to edge out Michael McGeady.

New hole-by-hole video

Dundalk Golf Club have just completed their hole-by-hole high definition guide to the course which will be uploaded shortly to our club website.
The filming of the course took place over the past couple of weeks and many thanks to those who helped in this project, particularly the course committee under Vice-Captain Maurice Soraghan and the green-keeping staff who prepared the course specifically for the camera.
Also the co-operation of our members in stepping aside during play to clear the course for filming is much appreciated.
The course was filmed by Niall Carroll Photography, with Niall at the controls of his drone equipped with a high definition camera.
Course commentary is provided by club member Gerry McDermott.
Through hard work and dedication from the course committee and course staff, our course is in wonderful condition but you have never seen it from this aspect before.
So sit back and enjoy the hole by hole guide from a bird’s eye view.
Link on the link https://vimeo.com/131226080

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